Designs for Swan Street Bridge upgrade unveiled

VicRoads has released four designs for the $30-million redevelopment of Melbourne’s Swan Street Bridge for public comment.

John Wardle Architects, BKK Architects, Sally Draper Architects and Watson Architecture and Design will go head-to-head in a contest to design the bridge.

Swan Street Bridge traverses the Yarra River with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Shrine of Remembrance on the south side of the river and Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park, Hisense Arena and the MCG on the north side. The bridge acts as a gateway to Melbourne’s entertainment and sporting precincts.

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The redevelopment of the bridge includes an additional traffic lane, and new separate shared paths for cyclists and pedestrians on both sides. The upgrade is aimed at reducing traffic congestion, improving safety and providing better access to the sports and entertainment precincts.

In May 2016, the government began community consultation for the urban design of the project and asked the community to share their stories of Swan Street Bridge to inspire architects and designers. Expressions of interest were sought, asking designers to consider nighttime lighting, artwork and architectural features of the barriers separating motorists from pedestrians and cyclists.

VicRoads, on behalf of the government, is seeking public feedback on the proposed designs through an online survey, which is open until 22 June 2016. Feedback from the community will inform the final look and feel of the bridge. The redevelopment is due to be complete in late 2017.

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